Bio

Christopher B. Wagner is a sculptor originally from Kentucky but now lives and works San Jose, CA. He received a B.A. in art history and sculpture from Georgetown College after which he studied Sculpture at Edinboro University in which he graduated in 2010 with an M.F.A.. Since then he has traveled the country making and exhibiting his unique figurative wood carvings. 

 

His work focuses on recycled or reconstituted wood as the medium. Utilizing traditional carving skills in the creation of contemporary sculpture. The reclaimed lumber he predominantly sculpts in provides a sense of history that influences what he creates. Throughout his travels he allows the native materials and people he encounters to feed into his art. 

 

Along with his own active studio he has worked as a Shop Manager for Eichinger Sculpture studio in Portland, OR; along with most recently as an Instructor and Instructional Technician at Mission College in San Jose, CA. His awards have included a Jurors Choice at Cherry Creek Art Festival, exhibitor at Smithsonian Craft Show, the Glean Artist Grant, and the Emerging Artist Award from Portland Open Studios.

Education

 

2010     M.F.A. in Sculpture- Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA

            May

 

2007     B.A. of Art - Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY

             Emphasis in Sculpture and Art History, May

 

Selected Exhibitions

2018     “Distortions”, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR
             "Mycology & Mythology”, Imogen Gallery, Astoria, OR

2017     “35th Annual Smithsonian Craft Show”, Smithsonian, Washington D.C.

             “Cherry Creek Arts Festival”, Denver, CO

              “Arts Fair”, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

 

2016     “Art in the Pearl”, Portland, OR

             “Kimball Arts Festival”, Park City, UT

             “Art on the Rockies”, Vail, CO

2015      “Between Here and There; Veteran Portrait Project”, Vashon Allied Arts, Vashon Is, WA

              “Gallery 110’s 5th Annual Juried Exhibition”, Gallery 110, Seattle, WA

              “The Tattooed”, Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR

 

2014      “Between Here and There; a Veteran Portrait Project”, Good Gallery, Portland, OR

              “Solitary Gestures”, Alexander Gallery, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR

 

2013      “Christopher B. Wagner & Paul X. Rutz”, November, Gaurdino Gallery, Portland, OR

              “Glean 2013, Artist Residency”, August, Disjecta Gallery, Portland, OR

              “Dreamed into Being”, June, Simon Mace Gallery, Port Townsend, WA,

              “Remembered Gods”, March, Good Gallery, Portland, OR, Solo Exhibition

 

2012     “Drifting Dream”, September, Minthorne Gallry, Newberg, OR

             “Portlandia”, July, Simon Mace Gallery, Port Townsend, WA

 

2011     “Tasting Menu”, December, Simon Mace Gallery, Port Townsend, WA

             “Portland Open Studios,” October, Studio, Portland, OR

             “Christopher B. Wagner: Sculpture in Wood”, August, Gaurdino Gallery, Portland, OR

             “The Language of Sculpture”, June, Lakewood Center for the Arts, Juried

             “Driftwood Sculpture”, January, Blue Heron Gallery, Vashon, WA, Solo Exhibition

 

2010     “Small Works”, December, Gaurdino Gallery, Portland, OR, Invitational

             “Wrapped”, November, Columbia City Gallery, Seattle, WA, Juried

             “New Works”, June, Glassgrowers Gallery, Erie, PA, Solo Exhibition

             “Skinned”, May, Ferraro Gallery, Erie, PA, M.F.A. Thesis Show

           

2009     “Sculpture Show”, October, Bates Gallery, Edinboro, PA, Juried; Carol Werder

             “Alumni Show”, August, Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery, Georgetown, KY Juried

             “Images 2009”, June, Robeson Gallery, University Park, PA, Juried; Judith Hansen O’Toole

             “86th Annual Spring Show”, April, Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA, Juried; Wendell Castle

             “Annual Edinboro Exhibition”, March, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro, PA, Juried; Pattie Baldwin               “In and Out of Our Minds”, March, Bates Gallery, Edinboro, PA

             “Art and Drafts”. March, The Brewery at Union Station, Erie, PA, Invitational

 

2008    “Out of State”, December, 1507 Gallery, Erie, PA

            “Shades of a Dream Twice Remembered”, August, Bates Gallery, Edinboro, PA

            “Annual Edinboro Student Exhibition”, April, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro, PA,

            Juried: Kate Lydon, Director of Exhibitions at Society of Contemporary Craft

 

2007    “Regional Invitational”, August, 1507 Gallery, Erie, PA, Invitational

            “University Open”, April, Lex Arts, Lexington, KY, Juried

            “Wavering Stability”, April, Ann Wright Wilson Gallery, Georgetown, KY

 

2006    “Annual Student Competition”, December, Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery,

             Georgetown, KY, Juried

            “Local Artists”, November, Common Grounds Coffee Shop, Lexington, KY, Invitational

            “C.E.P.: Creative Experimental Places”, November,

             Anne Wright Wilson Art Building, Georgetown, KY

            “Georgetown College Spotlight”, July, Ann Davis Gallery, Ashland, KY, Invitational

            “15 inches”: Class of 2007 Preview”, June, Cochenour Gallery, Georgetown, KY

            “Yellow Boxes”, April, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, Invitational

            “Installation Works”, March, Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery, Georgetown, KY

 

Publications

 

2012      Francke, Tyler. Exhibit, The Newberg Graphic, September 5, 2012. Vol. 125, 71

 

2011      Randall, Janice. Sculpture, Island Arts, January, 2011

 

2010      Merkle, Karen, Beautiful, Beastly, The Erie Times News Showcase Magazine, May 6, 2010.

 

2009      Chimera: A Journal of Art and Literature, Vol. 6, Spring 2009

 

2008      Edwards, John. 'Out of State': Free to Intuit, The Erie Times News Showcase Magazine,

              January 1, 2009. 17            

    

         

Honors and Award

2017           Juror’s Choice Award, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, CO

2015           Emerging Artist Award, Art in the Pearl, Portland, OR

2014           RACC Project Grant Recipient, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, OR

                   Glean Selection Committee, Glean PDX, Portland, OR

                   Artist Talk, Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, OR

2013           Glean Artist Residency, Glean PDX, Portland, OR

2012           Artist Talk, George Fox University, Newberg, OR

                   Guest Artist Demonstration, Society of Washington Artists, Vancouver, WA

                   3-D Judge, Battle Ground Art Alliance Spring Show, Battle Ground, WA

2011           Emerging Artist Award, Portland Open Studios

2010           Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Edinboro University

                   3-D Award, Chimera: A Journal of Art and Literature,

                   Juried; John Vanco, Director of Erie Art Museum

2009           Certificate of Completion, Karakuri Ningyo Workshop, Nagoya, Japan   

                   Best in Show, “Sculpture Show”, Bates Gallery, Edinboro University

                   Award of Merit, “Images 2009”, Robeson Gallery, The Pennsylvania State University

                   Juror’s Choice Best in Show, “Annual Edinboro Student Exhibition”

                   Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University

2008           Juror’s Choice Best in Show, “Annual Edinboro Student Exhibition”

                   Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University

2007           Best in Show, “Annual Student Competition”

                   Anne Wright Wilson Gallery, Georgetown College

2006           Outstanding Sculptor Award, Georgetown College

2005           Faculty Outstanding Student Award, “Annual Student Competition”,

                  Anne Wright Wilson Gallery, Georgetown College

CV

Galleries

Guardino Gallery

www.guardinogallery.com

2939 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
503.281.9048

Imogen Gallery

www.imogengallery.com

240 11th Street
Astoria, OR 97103

503.468.0620

The Compound Gallery

www.thecompoundgallery.com

1167 65th St.

Oakland, CA 94608

844.278.7447

Meyer Gallery

www.meyergallery.com

305 Main Street
Park City, Utah 84060

435.649.8160

© 2014 by Christopher B. Wagner

  • Facebook - Black Circle
  • Instagram - Black Circle
  • Tumblr - Black Circle